Trenton Free Public Library 120th Anniversary Block Party!

SAVE the DATE!  Saturday, June 11, 2022, 11 am - 3 pm You are invited to the Library's 120th Anniversary Block Party! The party will feature fun indoor & outdoor activities for all ages, arts and crafts, games, music, and light refreshments.

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Open Art

Open Art Ages 4 and up Saturdays, 1:00 to 3:00pm Drop by the library to make a craft or enjoy an open-ended art activity.  

Knit Chains – Young Adult

Young Adult Lounge (First Floor) 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ, United States

Put together a knitted chain that can be attached to anything with a loop!

Book Event: Community As Rebellion Lorgia García Peña and Ruha Benjamin

Please join us for conversation, book launch, and book signing. Lorgia García Peña offers a meditation on freedom-making in the academy for women scholars of color. She is joined by Ruha Benjamin, one of the foremost thinkers about knowledge and power in the US. This hybrid event is hosted by the Trenton Free Public Library and cosponsored by Labyrinth Books. We encourage you to come out to the library, but if you prefer, you can register here for the livestream. Directions to the Library are here. Angela Y. Davis calls Peñas book "A life-saving and life-affirming text. Cornel West adds, "Lorgia García Peña is one of the few courageous and brilliant intellectuals grounded in rigorous and visionary grassroots education. Weaving personal narrative with political analysis, Community as Rebellion offers a meditation on creating liberatory spaces for students and faculty of color within academia. Much like other women scholars of color, García Peña has struggled against the colonizing, racializing, classist, and unequal structures that perpetuate systemic violence within universities. Through personal experiences and analytical reflections, the author invites readersin particular Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian womento engage in liberatory practices of boycott, abolition, and radical community-building to combat the academic worlds tokenizing and exploitative structures. García Peña argues that the classroom is key to freedom-making in the university, urging teachers to consider activism and social justice as central to what she calls teaching in freedom: a progressive form of collective learning that prioritizes the subjugated knowledge, silenced histories, and epistemologies from the Global South and Indigenous, Black, and brown communities. By teaching in and for freedom, we not only acknowledge the harm that the university has inflicted on our persons and our ways of knowing since its inception, but also create alternative ways to be, create, live, and succeed through our work. Lorgia García Peña is a first generation Latinx Studies scholar, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and an Afro-Latina from Trenton, NJ. She studies Blackness, colonialism, migration and diaspora with a special focus on dominicanidades. Dr. García Peña is the Mellon Associate Professor of Race, Colonialism and Diaspora Studies at Tufts University and a Casey Foundation 2021 Freedom Scholar. Ruha Benjamin is professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code and the forthcoming book Viral […]

Air Dry Clay Succulent Planters – Young Adult

Young Adult Lounge (First Floor) 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ, United States

Shape and decorate air dry clay to make a planter for a small shrub, or just a pot for organizing your room!

Free Book Drive

Free Book Drive! Thursday, June 23rd 11:00am-6:00pm Trenton Free Public Library Children's Room Tons of new book for children ages 0-18 in all genres!!! Book Signing by Brittany Johnson, Trenton children's author of I Am, I Can, I Will while supplies last! This event was made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in honor of the Katherine Hatton Book Fund

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Summer Play!

Children's Room (Lower Level) 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ, United States

Summer Play! Monday's 12:00pm-3:00pm Join us weekly for fun Summer play in the Children's room or the beautiful garden! There will be crafts and activities centered around this year summer reading theme: Oceans of Possibilities!

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Reading Kickback – Young Adult

Young Adult Lounge (First Floor) 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ, United States

Come and chill at the library! Read a book, kick back, and relax for the summer.

Wreck Journal: Summer Edition – Young Adult

Young Adult Lounge (First Floor) 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ, United States

Put together a summer themed journal that will be wrecked! Use it as a tracker, or let your imagination take over.

Storm Preparedness Presentation

An open discussion on dealing with changing emotions when storms blow in. Learn how to become emotionally prepared when weather emergencies happen. Gain stress management techniques and coping skills for your wellness toolkit.